Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fun Stuff in January

We saw this eagle near our property twice early in the month.  Ryan grabbed the camera and snuck out to take pictures without the kids knowing...he didn't want them to scare it away before he got a good photo!

Ryan took the 4 oldest kids ice skating.  It was the first time that Logan went...they all had a great time.

We had a great time in the snow that we got on New Year's Day.  We don't often get snow that sticks around past noon...but we had snow on the ground for a few days!

 We see some great sunsets here.  Beautiful!

Logan and Mason went through an UNO kick...I found them several times playing the game together.

Ryan and I went to an annual ugly sweater/white elephant gift party.  We came home with this!  Yes, an inflatable unicorn head!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Life on the Homestead...Chickens and Water Pipes

On December 23, Kessiah went out to do her normal chicken chores and made a horrible discovery!  We had 1 chicken left!  Coyotes must have gotten to them overnight...there were a couple of dead ones on the ground...but the rest were just gone.  It was a sad day.

Ryan decided we needed a new and better chicken that would provide better protection.  We have been talking about rebuilding the chicken coop since we got here...but this provided additional incentive.  Ryan had taken the week of New Year's off work so he had time for a project.  He started studying plans and pictures on the internet...a few trips to Home Depot and he was on his way to building a chicken hotel!

Our lone survivor!  She is still laying eggs for us.

It just doesn't seem right!  After a fun New Year's with family here to visit...we woke up on January 2nd to frozen pipes.  The water on the south side of the house did not work...and around 1:00 in the afternoon water started pouring from the vent in the ceiling of the downstairs hall bathroom!  That is really not something that any homeowner wants to see!  Thankfully, Ryan got the water turned off to the house pretty quickly.  We called our insurance company and got the ball rolling to fix the damage.  They had to cut out the ceiling in the bathroom to find the broken pipe.  Then they cut additional holes in the wall of the laundry room and blocked off the whole back hallway to set up blowers to dry things out.  They had to move the hot water heater on that side of the house as well...which meant no hot water in the kitchen!

Then...because...I guess we hadn't learned our lesson and let water drip through the night we had another broken pipe under the kitchen sink the next morning!  We were waiting for it because the pipes were frozen again!

We figured out that it is around 10 degrees cooler out here than in we can't trust the internet temperature to determine whether or not we let faucets run overnight!  Hopefully, we have that figured out and can prevent future issues!

So, the distractions of the water pipe problems meant Ryan didn't finish the chicken coop over the break.

Here is what the ceiling to our hall bathroom currently looks like.  Ryan climbed up in there yesterday to check out the insulation situation so he could access what we need.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Birthday Girl

Yes, I realize it wasn't the best day to start school...but we did because it was the day that Jenessa and Kessiah started classes again.  To be honest...we only got halfway through Logan's math...I didn't push very hard!

Jenessa made me this cute sign.  It has my name in the middle and words that describe me around the outside (now I know what she really thinks about me!)  Here is what she wrote...stay at home mom, hot water worthy hands (my kids can't believe how hot I have the water when doing the dishes), loves her husband and kids, pinterest with a purpose, hardworker, printables, blockus (one of my favorite games), creative, funny...sih, cheapster, good cooker.

Ryan brought me home some flowers at lunch...I love crazy daisies!

We went to Culver's for dinner...Corbin's face made me laugh when he realized he was able to pick up his whole scoop of ice cream with his spoon!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Wrapping up 2014 and Bringing in 2015

We were excited to have Craig, Linnea, and their girls join us for New Year's plus Emily, Marissa, and Charlotte were able to come as well (Janel was visiting some siblings in Phoenix).  We had snow start falling on New Year's Eve Day and on New Year's Day we woke up to even more!  It was so beautiful and provided some fun entertainment.

We had fun playing in our yard... a snowman, snowballs, snow angels, sled rides...and hot chocolate at the end!

Ryan and Craig took the older kids to the park to go sledding.